The US Surgeon General has endorsed the medicinal qualities of marijuana saying the drug “can be helpful” in treating certain conditions and symptoms.
Speaking on CBS News, Dr Vivek Murthy, said: “My position is that we have to see what the science tells us about the efficacy of marijuana, before hinting that marijuana laws may need to be reformed.”
He cited “some preliminary data for some medical conditions and symptoms” before declaring that “marijuana can be helpful.”
“So I think that we have to use that data to drive policymaking, and I’m very interested to see where that data takes us,” he said.
His comments highlight the federal government’s apparent inconsistent approach in dealing with marijuana for medicinal purposes.